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Spyros Gokakis

Athéna

1997
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is situated in the centre of Parc Athéna and faces Rue Jean-Talon. It is a standing figure, 231 cm tall, portraying the goddess Athena. She is dressed in a draped robe and an aegis ornamented with serpents. Her right hand is extended in front of her, the palm turned upward. Her traditional Corinthian helmet is tipped back on her head, revealing her face.

Athena is one of the best-known figures in the Greek pantheon. Zeus’s daughter and Apollo’s sister, she was the friend of and advisor to the heroes Achilles, in the Iliad, and Ulysses, in the Odyssey. A warrior figure, she was born fully armed and already adult. Athena was the goddess of war, but also of justice, wisdom, and the arts. She offered her protection to artisans and was the patron of women’s work. In addition to having given her name to the city of Athens, Athena embodies Greek civilization.
Associated events
The statue was presented as a gift to Montréal in March 2000 by the mayor of Athens, on the occasion of the celebration of independence of Greece, to underline the friendship ties that link the two cities.
Spyros Gokakis
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is situated in the centre of Parc Athéna and faces Rue Jean-Talon. It is a standing figure, 231 cm tall, portraying the goddess Athena. She is dressed in a draped robe and an aegis ornamented with serpents. Her right hand is extended in front of her, the palm turned upward. Her traditional Corinthian helmet is tipped back on her head, revealing her face.

Athena is one of the best-known figures in the Greek pantheon. Zeus’s daughter and Apollo’s sister, she was the friend of and advisor to the heroes Achilles, in the Iliad, and Ulysses, in the Odyssey. A warrior figure, she was born fully armed and already adult. Athena was the goddess of war, but also of justice, wisdom, and the arts. She offered her protection to artisans and was the patron of women’s work. In addition to having given her name to the city of Athens, Athena embodies Greek civilization.
Associated events
The statue was presented as a gift to Montréal in March 2000 by the mayor of Athens, on the occasion of the celebration of independence of Greece, to underline the friendship ties that link the two cities.
Spyros Gokakis
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1997
Mode of acquisition:
Donation
Accession date
March 1 2000
Technique(s)
Iron cast in the cire perdue method
Materials
Bronze; granite
General dimensions
310 x 100 x 100 cm
Manufacturer
  • Fonderie M. Gavala
Athéna
Borough
Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Park
Parc Athéna